Congratulations Helen Shore!

Helen Shore, Eric Hall Dean of Applied Science, Suzanne Camplbell Director of School of Nursing Photo credit: Varun Saran for UBC

BCHNS is pleased to congratulate one of our founding members, Helen Shore who received one of two “UBC Nursing Partnership Awards” — given by the Director of the School.  Helen received it for all her support to students and researchers in public health and community nursing through the Helen Shore Endowment Fund.  Our Sincere Congratulations Helen!

Congratulations to Beth Fitzpatrick!

Photo credit: BCHNS

The BCHNS is proud to announce our latest recipient of an Honourary Membership Award to Beth Fitzpatrick at our recent AGM, April 11, 2013

Please visit  Online Exhibits and drop down to Honourary Members and click onto her name for the full write up.

Congratulations Dr. Geertje Boschma!

Congratulations to Dr. Geertje Boschma of the UBC School of Nursing.

Geertje received a  UBC Killam Teaching  Award  (one  of  three) given  to  UBC faculty  who have been nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni for excellence in teaching. “They have been recognized by their students and  peers alike as having created unique learning experiences for their students and sending them forward with life lessons and skills well beyond the core course material. They are truly making a difference in their respective programs”.  Well done,  Geertje!


Christina Bates, curator emeritus in history at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has written a new book, A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform.

This first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.

Watch for a review of book in a future BCHNS Newsletter!

Published in November 2012 the book can be ordered by email: ([email protected])

online: (  or by phone: (819-776-8387 or 1-800-555-5621).


Honouring Dr. Helen Mussallem

A  service  to  celebrate  Helen  Mussallem’s  life  will  be  held  at  West  Point  Grey  United  Church,  8th  and  Tolmie,  on  Saturday  January  12th  at  1  PM.

In  lieu  of flowers contributions  may  be  made to  the  Canadian  Nurses  Foundation, 50 Driveway, Ottawa ON, K2P 1E2.

Nursing Leader leaves us,Dr Beverly DuGas

Dr.Beverly Du Gas,  a founding member and the first President of the BC History of Nursing Professional Practise Group, now  Society, suffered  a  severe  stroke  mid  November  and  died  on  November  22nd.

Until  about  a  year  ago, Beverly  regularly  attended  our  meetings & events,  despite  her  many health  challenges.  In April 1998 Beverly was given Honourary Membership Status in the BCHNS for her outstanding & continuous support of the BCHNS.  Beverly’s children honoured her career on her 80th Birthday by sponsoring a portrait doll in the RNABC Memorial Doll Collection, which can be viewed at the CRNBC Library and on this website. 

We honour & recognize all Beverly’s accomplishments, we will all miss her and her unfailing desire to contribute ideas.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family.

A service will be held at St.Faith’s Anglican Church Vancouver, Saturday Dec 1,2012 at 10:30 a.m.  Donations can be made to the Church or to the UBC School of Nursing Scholarship Fund.



Beloved BC Nurse, Dr Helen K Mussallem

Dr.Helen Kathleen Mussallem, Canada’s most decorated nursing leader  and  a  native  of  British  Columbia,  died  on  November  10th in  Ottawa  at  98  years  of  age.

A graduate of the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, she served overseas during World War II. She obtained her baccalaureate in nursing from McGill and master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia, and returned to administration and teaching at VGH before heading a national study to evaluate schools of nursing.

During  her  long  nursing  career  she  served  as  Executive  Director  of  the  CNA  from  1963-1981.  Internationally  and  nationally  renowned    she  was  frequently  consulted  on  policies  for  nursing  and  nursing  education.  She received many outstanding national and international awards, including Canada’s highest honor, Companion of the Order of Canada.

She had a special place in her heart for history of nursing and, as a nurse from this province, has supported the BC History of Nursing Society since its inception.  She was awarded honourary membership in the Society in 2000.

Her funeral will be held in Ottawa on November 16th.  In  lieu  of  flowers  her  family  requests  that  memorial  contributions  be  made  to  the  Canadian  Nurses  Foundation.  Please  watch  for  further  notices  about  a  gathering  in  Vancouver  to  honor  Dr.  Mussallem,  probably  in  January  around  the  time  of  her  birthday.